Day: October 29, 2021

Anti-poaching campaign in Spain

Report of the “Committee against Bird Murder”

Like every autumn, when the first flocks of thrushes and finches arrive in Spain, bird poaching is once again widespread in the Valencia region.

In the last few days our team has already found several huge traditional trapping systems, so-called “parany”, which are equipped with electronic lures that are played at night and hundreds of thin liming rods.

They are made of old trees, some of which have been used for centuries. They have chimney-like branches that point upwards at the top of the plant.
Between these “fingers” horizontal glue rods are attached.

A tangle of ladders and bridges leads to the top of the facility, where the bird trappers can move over several floors.

On autumn nights, the loud lures lure entire flocks of migratory birds to their doom.

The attracted birds – mainly thrushes, robins, blackcaps and various finches – try to perch on the horizontal poles, get caught on the loose limes and then fall to the ground.
The poachers make their rounds about three times a night and collect the wriggling birds on the ground, or take them out of tensioned nets that they have installed under the trees.

The birds are then picked up with a pad, a kind of landing net, and killed in order to be eaten or traded on the black market as a traditional dish (pajaritos fritos).

During the day, poachers usually use large folding nets to catch finches (similar to Malta).
More than a dozen such sites are currently being investigated and we will report on them in due course.

So far, together with the SEPRONA Guardia Civil (police) and Agents Mediambientals (hunting supervision), we have closed three large Parany systems and confiscated around 2000 liming rods.

And I mean..I am always amazed at how it can be that people who may not even be able to read and write seem so inventive and resourceful when it comes to creating criminal works.

Apparently it is not only traditional dishes that are passed down from generation to generation, but also the methods by which defenseless beings are captured, tortured and eaten.

Who can actually decide in how many murders a hunter becomes a psychopath?

A psychopath can be defined as someone who deliberately inflicts harm without remorse.
And when you understand the cynicism with which the unscrupulous defend their crimes, and when you understand that such people dominate the society because they know how to intimidate people, then you come to the conclusion that we don’t just need educators, not just healers , not only people who can complain, but we also need warriors who are willing and ready to fight back.

The only way to treat the hunt is to smash it up.
It is not something what one can discuss.
It’s something that needs to be smashed.

My best regards to all, Venus

Global progress: skin allergy tests without animal testing

This is what we call true progress: With the pioneering international approval of a unique test method for chemicals, countless animals are spared great suffering in the test laboratory – because the new method does not require a single animal.

It combines various animal-free tests in a formal, predetermined approach to testing chemicals for their potential to cause allergic skin reactions.
The approach can replace the animal experiments currently used for skin allergy testing.
Because in these cruel experiments, animals are shaved off and a chemical is applied directly to their skin.

Allergic dermatitis in a dog – how terrible it must be when the whole body is itchy. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Kalumet, CC BY 2.0)

Now that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has approved the method, they must accept all 38 member states of the Organization for Mandatory Chemical Toxicity Testing.
The EU, USA and Great Britain, among others, are members of the OECD.
That means there is an imminent global move away from animal abuse in skin allergy testing.

Skin allergy tests and animal suffering worldwide

Skin allergy tests lead to various side effects in the animals – for example swelling, blistering and inflammation. After the experiments, the animals are killed and dissected.
In Great Britain alone, hundreds, and in some years even thousands, of animals are abused for skin allergy tests.
Across the EU, there were over 47,000 animals in a single year.

But the new approach doesn’t just replace these cruel tests.
A 2018 study also showed that it delivers results that are more easily transferable to humans than previous animal experiments.

A win-win situation for animals and humans!

PETA’s science team has hosted several webinars on using higher quality animal-free methods of skin allergy testing.

Sign the Petition for a Europe without animal testing

Make yourself strong for the animals with your voice!
Sign our European citizens’ initiative to end all animal testing for cosmetics.
(Unfortunately only for European citizens)

And I mean…Animal experiments always have faces…
Mainly rodents, especially mice and rats, are used for the excruciating experiments, but rabbits, dogs and cats also have to sacrifice their lives for what we believe to be completely useless and ethically reprehensible tests.

In the skin allergy test, the test substance is injected into the skin of guinea pigs in order to sensitize the immune system to the substance. If repeated contact with the chemical triggers an allergic reaction, painful inflammation and peeling of the skin are the result.

We welcome the decision to use this animal-free test procedure.
These procedures are not only cheaper, they also take medicine much further.
Animal testing only slows medical advancement because of its false results.

More and more advanced testing procedures will become common practice.
The aim of all efforts is to achieve a worldwide ban on animal testing.

One thing is certain, however: the fate of laboratory animals as a whole will only change through the active and tireless commitment of animal welfare organizations, animal rights activists and supporters.
Together we can completely abolish cruel and useless animal experiments and achieve humane, effective research.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: European Parliament AGRI Committee Vote FAILS To Promote Animal Welfare.

European Parliament AGRI Committee vote fails to promote animal welfare

27 October 2021

In a disappointing move for animals, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament adopted draft implementation report by Jeremy Decerle (Renew Europe, FR) on on-farm animal welfare.

Contradicts Farm To Fork

The report calls for future EU-wide animal welfare legislation that would be uniformly transposed in all Member States, but falls short of the Farm to Fork (F2F) ambition for a strong, improved animal welfare acquis with a broad revision of all existent regulations and directives. 

Concentrates on economic interests of farmers

Whilst it promotes the European Citizens’ Initiative to end the cage age, it continuously refers to farmers’ compliance with animal welfare standards as an “extra burden”.

WAV Comment – Burden !!!

Promotes further cruel production of foie gras 

A disappointing amendment downplaying the intensivity and suffering of animals subjected to foie gras production wriggled its way into the report. The amendment claims that foie gras production respects animal welfare criteria.

WAV Comment – RESPECTS animal welfare ! – what planet do you people come from ?

An overtly contradictory statement considering ducks and geese subjected to foie gras production are force fed and their bodies pushed beyond their biological parameters, resulting in intense pain, fear and suffering.  

Amendments addressing the tragic practice of killing male chicks were also voted down.         

Labelling remains voluntary 

Labelling is a fundamental tool to ensure farmers receive fair compensation for improved animal welfare measures on farms and enable consumers to purchase products that align with their animal welfare ethics. A mandatory “Method of Production +” (MOP+) label across all animal products and including rearing, transport and slaughter is key. Unfortunately, MEPs decided to let the labelling of animal products remain voluntary, leaving dangerous room for manoeuvre to farmers and the industry.

Despite being a report on “on-farm animal welfare”, it does not go the distance to reflect its title. Instead, it tries to sugarcoat the realities of the changes that truly need to be implemented. We need farmers to be ambitious and take a main role in implementing the F2F goals. The report will be voted on in plenary, possibly during the December session.

So; get out of the EU and make your own national legislation !

Regards Mark

Spain: Open petition to save Galgos in Spain.

Open petition to save galgos in Spain

26 October 2021


A new petition has been launched in Spain to demand equal protection for all animals, including galgos.

The Spanish greyhound is a breed used both for hunting and for racing in different regions of Spain, especially in Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y León.

It is estimated that around 50,000 greyhounds and other hunting dogs are abandoned in Spain annually, with 5,000 abandonments in Seville alone.

There is a pressing need to address the problem through new animal protection legislation.

The petition ‘Save the Galgos’, launched by AnimaNaturalis, aims to:

Achieve a state animal welfare framework law that ensures maximum protection for these animals, and the modification of the animal protection laws of each Autonomous Community, as well as tougher penalties for neglect and abuse;

Make sure that “rehalas” (groups of between 16 to 40 hunting dogs) are no longer considered objects of “cultural interest”, eliminating all public subsidies intended to promote this practice;

Prosecute the mistreatment and abandonment of these animals so that no case goes unpunished before the law;

Ban the training of greyhounds tied to motor vehicles.

The petition is nearing its goal of achieving 10,000 signatures in support of the initiative. 

Read more and support the petition here.

Read more at source

Petition: Save the Galgos

Regards Mark

France: New investigation from L214 in a French slaughterhouse reveals serious abuse.

New investigation from L214 in a French slaughterhouse reveals serious abuse

27 October 2021


Today, L214 unveils a new investigation conducted in a French slaughterhouse of the Bigard Group (which owns the Bigard, Socopa and Charal brands), leader in bovine meat production in France and Europe.

Thomas Saïdi, an investigator from L214, applied for a position as a health officer within the official veterinary services of the slaughterhouse. These are the services that are supposed to control the respect of sanitary and animal protection rules. He was hired without any experience or qualificationThomas filmed a part of the chain, from the arrival of the animals in the slaughterhouse to their killing and the first cuts.

He witnessed serious shortcomings of the veterinary services, numerous breaches of regulations leading to acute yet avoidable animal suffering.

Thomas decided to testify openly.

In his testimony, Thomas shows:

  • That hygiene and sanitary controls (including ritual slaughter controls) were performed without training
  • The lack of staff for veterinary inspection and the sporadic controls
  • Serious regulatory violations and avoidable animal suffering
  • Calf fetuses of all ages arriving on the slaughter line daily (about 50 per day) while regulations prohibit the transport of cows beyond 90% of the gestation.

L214 will file a complaint for serious abuse with a prosecutor as well as a liability claim against the French State for failure to fulfill its mission of controlling the application of the regulations.

L214 has also launched a petition asking the government to ban the killing of pregnant cows, at least during the last trimester of gestation. 

In this petition, L214 also asks :

  • That the operations of immobilisation, stunning, slaughter and killing of animals be truly placed under the continuous surveillance of inspection service agents, as required by the regulations,
  • That infractions are sanctioned and that slaughterhouses are forced to put an end to them without delay.

In addition, this investigation proves once again the urgent need to make pre-cut stunning mandatory, to spare animals severe and prolonged suffering. 

For Thomas Saïdi, investigator from L214:

The images I shot are harsh, but they are necessary at a time when it is forbidden to reveal what happens inside slaughterhouses without any logic of confidentiality, competition or security being at stake (…)”

For Sébastien Arsac, spokesperson for L214:

The Bigard Group does everything to make people forget the animals behind the meat. When you see the images from inside, you understand why! But the consumers who buy the group’s products (the brands Charal, Bigard or Socopa) have the right to know (…) With the presidential elections just a few months away, this is a good time to open our eyes to the savagery of our society towards animals and to rethink the relationship we want to have with them.

Further details:

Read more at source 

Link to the video investigation

Link to the petition to ban the killing of pregnant cows

Regards Mark